Wisdom

I’m supposed to be wise?

It takes wisdom to get through life, to overcome life’s difficulties and problems. We often think wisdom is just about these things and getting wisdom takes a lifetime, something we learn with each passing day. Well to a point it is, it does take time to learn wisdom for living and dealing with life’s issues not least of all in our dealings with others. We would like others to think us wise even if we are not. We link stupidity with the lack of wisdom and in a lot of cases it is justified. I say we are stupid if we don’t take heed of having a lack of wisdom. We are stupid if we don’t seek after it but what is wisdom anyway and how do we get it?

Shirley Anne

Four  ways to Get Wisdom (Proverbs 9:10)

Habit: Developing Wisdom

Wisdom is a capacity of the mind that allows us to understand life from God’s perspective. Throughout the book of Proverbs, Solomon encourages us to “get wisdom” (Proverbs 4:5). He says those who get wisdom love life (see 19:8); that it’s better to get wisdom than gold (see 16:16); and that those who get wisdom find life and receive favour from the Lord (see 8:32–35).

Yet in Ecclesiastes 7:23–24 Solomon also makes clear that getting wisdom is a challenging process: “ ‘I am determined to be wise’—but this was beyond me. Whatever exists is far off and most profound—who can discover it?”

Fortunately, Scripture provides us instruction in this area. Here are four Biblical instructions for how to get wisdom:

1. Fear God. Solomon says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (see Proverbs 9:10). But how should we fear God? Philipp Melanchthon, a collaborator of Martin Luther, discussed what it means to fear God by contrasting filial fear with servile fear. Filial fear is the type of respect and love a child has for a parent, a fear of offending the one they most adore and trust. In contrast, servile fear is the kind of fear that a prisoner has for his jailer or executioner.*

2. Desire wisdom. The second step to getting wisdom is to desire it with all our heart. As Solomon says, we must “look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure” (Proverbs 2:4).

3. Pray for wisdom. As James tell us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).

4. Study God’s Word. The fourth step in getting wisdom is studying and meditating on God’s Word (see Psalm 19:7). We shouldn’t rely merely on our own understanding, though, but lean on the wisdom and insight produced by Christians throughout the church’s history.

PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY: To get wisdom we must fear God, study his Word and prayer-fully desire to understand life from God’s perspective.

* R. C. Sproul, “What Does It Mean to Fear God?” Ligonier Ministries, accessed January 5, 2015, http://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-does-it-mean-fear-god/

Taken from NIV Lifehacks Bible

Shirley Anne

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Wisdom….what is it?

What Is Wisdom? (Proverbs 9:10–12)

English: Scroll of the Book of Proverbs
Scroll of the Book of Proverbs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We often think of wisdom as intelligence, but we would be mistaken to bring that definition to this literature. When we look at the vast number of topics covered under the heading of “wisdom,” it is easy to despair of finding common ground, for the heading covers artisan skills, scientific knowledge, etiquette, philosophy, psychology, politics, sociology and jurisprudence, just to name a few. Furthermore, the text insists on more than one occasion that the “fear of the Lord” is the beginning or foundation of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; 15:33). Does this suggest that none of those disciplines could be successfully engaged without fear of the Lord?
As we consider the way that people thought in the ancient world, perhaps we can best capture the Biblical way of understanding all of this by thinking in terms of worldview integration. In the ancient world, including Israel, order was an important value. Creation brought order to the cosmos; law brought order to society; etiquette brought order to human relationships; politics brought order to governance and authority. Ancient wisdom can then be understood as the pursuit of understanding and preserving order in the world. Wisdom is present when order is perceived, pursued and preserved. The people of the day wanted their worldview to fit together like a puzzle—fully integrated, with each piece placed in proper relation to the others.
They saw the fear of the Lord as the keystone to this integration process. To “fear the Lord” means to take his person and role seriously. Order in the cosmos could only be understood through acknowledgment of the One who brought order. Order could only be preserved in society and in life by understanding God’s requirements and expectations. In this way, wisdom can be seen to transcend the basic knowledge or skill related to particular disciplines.
A fool (or any of the other synonyms used to describe such a person) was one who brought disorder into any of the pertinent realms by their behaviour or thinking. Furthermore, a fool would be one who did not fear the Lord and therefore tried to find coherence in something or someone else—usually themselves.

Taken from NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

Shirley Anne

Are you wise?

What Is Wisdom? (Proverbs 9:10–12)

English: Scroll of the Book of Proverbs
Scroll of the Book of Proverbs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We often think of wisdom as intelligence, but we would be mistaken to bring that definition to this literature. When we look at the vast number of topics covered under the heading of “wisdom,” it is easy to despair of finding common ground, for the heading covers artisan skills, scientific knowledge, etiquette, philosophy, psychology, politics, sociology and jurisprudence, just to name a few. Furthermore, the text insists on more than one occasion that the “fear of the Lord” is the beginning or foundation of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; 15:33). Does this suggest that none of those disciplines could be successfully engaged without fear of the Lord?
As we consider the way that people thought in the ancient world, perhaps we can best capture the Biblical way of understanding all of this by thinking in terms of worldview integration. In the ancient world, including Israel, order was an important value. Creation brought order to the cosmos; law brought order to society; etiquette brought order to human relationships; politics brought order to governance and authority. Ancient wisdom can then be understood as the pursuit of understanding and preserving order in the world. Wisdom is present when order is perceived, pursued and preserved. The people of the day wanted their worldview to fit together like a puzzle—fully integrated, with each piece placed in proper relation to the others.
They saw the fear of the Lord as the keystone to this integration process. To “fear the Lord” means to take his person and role seriously. Order in the cosmos could only be understood through acknowledgment of the One who brought order. Order could only be preserved in society and in life by understanding God’s requirements and expectations. In this way, wisdom can be seen to transcend the basic knowledge or skill related to particular disciplines.
A fool (or any of the other synonyms used to describe such a person) was one who brought disorder into any of the pertinent realms by their behavior or thinking. Furthermore, a fool would be one who did not fear the Lord and therefore tried to find coherence in something or someone else—usually themselves.
Taken from NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

So fear of God doesn’t mean being frightened of God, indeed if we have a relationship with God there should be no sense of fear. For anyone not having a relationship with God there is no fear in their heart and wisdom will hold for them a completely different meaning.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
    all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
    To him belongs eternal praise. (Psalm 111:10)

Shirley Anne

What a sad world

Revelation 13:16-18 (NIV)

16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.

The Beast Inside
The Beast Inside (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I happened to have seen an advertisement on the television during a program I had been watching and it was in regard to a new model of mobile phone by manufacturer ‘Samsung‘. Like most adverts use of subtleties, suggestions and general assumptions were used to convey the idea that we, the public, wanted what was advertised. Throughout the advert a song was being played, the words of which suggested we did, ‘Give them what they want’……Well maybe I am the odd one out here but that suggestion is a subtle way of attempting us to believe that we want the latest product because everyone else wants one and I am not taking the bait. In fact I don’t like the kind of technology that one day threatens to run our lives. If you don’t believe that then just look around and see how many people are joined at the hip to their ‘smart’ phones. No-one takes any notice of their surroundings anymore, their eyes are glued to their little (or big) screens and their ears are being pumped whatever sounds they are tuned into. This is only the beginning, technology is only in its infancy despite what has been achieved so far. You can be sure more is to come. In relation to the Bible verses above one day technology will dispense with the need to carry cash, cards (even those with RFID chips) or smart phones to make purchases. The technology will be inside us! Those who allow it that is. However, as the verses state, nothing will be purchasable without it! We will be under the control of others………….Okay it might not happen during our own lifetime but there again the technology is already here and in some countries people really do have RFID chips implanted. Imagine what the world would be and will be like when everyone has implanted technology………

Read the Book of Revelation. It is the last book in The Bible for a reason……

Shirley Anne

 

Still skeptical?

God isn’t kidding. He warns us in advance of His plans. Where? You might say. It is all in Scripture, all in the written word, The Holy Bible, The Word of God. It is all in prophecy and if it is in prophecy it is surely going to happen. Some prophecies have already been fulfilled, some as yet have to be. If you cannot see what is in front of your own eyes then you are either blind or just plain stubborn or both! You have only to see the developments that have happened during these last few years to know where it is all heading. Allow your spirit an everlasting existence in Heaven. The alternative is hell. Come to The Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.

It is time for a reckoning and a decision. Change your life forever in 2016.

Shirley Anne

Gone potty

Bargain Hunt
Bargain Hunt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What a sad world we live in! So many people in the world are materialistic and their whole existence centres around material things. We can spend our entire lives gathering possessions simply because we want them, they are nice to have and to hold and we must have them. It is one thing to want to own something and another to have it out of necessity. In reality whatever we have we will leave behind once we die. So what is the point in having them in the first place unless as I say they are a necessity? To accumulate things for our own pleasure is a desire for many and some will pay exorbitant amounts of money in order to own something. There is a television program here in the UK which is called ‘Flog it‘, one of a few programs concerning antiques, their sale and purchase. One program is called ‘Bargain hunt‘ where contestants search shops or market places looking to purchase something for as little as possible so they can sell it at a profit at auction. Sometimes the things they find turn out to be valuable antiques but that is often a rare occurrence. In the ‘Flog it’ program people are invited to bring into whichever venue in use for the day their possessions in order to have them evaluated with a view to selling them at auction for financial gain. Some items prove to be of little value but sometimes something is brought in which turns out to be the opposite.

English: The Teapot, made in UK, ~2005 Русский...
The Teapot, made in UK, ~2005 but not the one mentioned in this post.

In a recent program a lady brought in an earthenware teapot and had no idea of its value, that is what it might sell for. It wasn’t particularly an attractive item, in fact it looked dull and uninteresting but the specialist doing the evaluation thought it might sell for anything between £100 and £150 and it was put up for sale at the auction with a reserve price of £80 so that if it didn’t reach that price it would be withdrawn as unsold. The bidding started as I remember at £100 so at that point it was sold as far as the owner was concerned but the bids kept rising, £200, £220, £240 until finally it reached £900! I couldn’t believe that anyone would pay £900 for a teapot that didn’t look as though it had anything going for it. In the realm of antique teapots however it was something of a rarity and therefore a valuable asset to someone. I imagined the new owner sitting at home surrounded by ‘valuable’ teapots and other material things amounting to a value of tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds and I think to myself, why? It is their prerogative of course but to me it seems so pointless for anyone to surround themselves with material things just for the sake of owning them. The world is going more potty every day.

Matthew 6:20

Jesus urges his followers not to collect “treasures on earth” because the temporary trinkets of the world don’t last. Some break down or rust away. Termites make lunch out of others. Instead, Jesus commands us to seek real profits—not material ones that pad only our wallets, but spiritual ones that benefit our souls. These heavenly treasures represent an investment opportunity too good to pass up. When Jesus says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (verse 21), he means that we naturally worship our first love. If we love money and worldly treasures, we can offer God no higher than second place in our lives.

(Taken from Daily Devotionals, biblegateway.com)

1 Chronicles 29:11
Everything we have comes from God. We’re managers or stewards, not owners, of what God places in our trust. The days we live, the positions we fill, the children we nurture, the money in our accounts all belong to God. Of all of these, money is perhaps the hardest for many of us to think of as a trust. We work hard to earn it. We naturally want to keep it. But God assures us he will provide what we need. And the Bible says over and over that we are to give some of our money back to him. Difficult yes, but the money itself isn’t the issue. God doesn’t need our money. He wants what our money represents. He wants our hearts. Don’t build a barricade around your possessions or your heart. Give God your heart and watch how he orders and provides all that you need.

(Taken from NIV Busy Dad’s Bible)

Shirley Anne

Think you are clever?

Three wise monkeys at Toshogu, Nikko, Tochigi ...
Three wise monkeys at Toshogu, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are some very clever people in this world, that is a fact but how clever is clever? It is one thing to be clever but a different one to be wise. The two are not necessarily linked. Would you rather be clever or wise? The probable answer to that will be ‘both’ and why not? However wisdom is the greater and to be sought above all things. How does one obtain wisdom? With age? Not necessarily for wisdom can be gained without having to grow old and gain experience. It depends on the individual. It tells us in Scripture that

Psalm 111:10
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.

And if you want wisdom………

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Wisdom is mentioned 219 times in The Bible. We are meant to seek it for ourselves. There is however something to be observed……..we should not think that we are wise because we are wise or intelligent because we are intelligent, clever because we may be that. In all things we should be and remain humble for Scripture also tells us………..

1 Corinthians 1:18-20

Christ crucified is God’s power and wisdom

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’

20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

Real wisdom is found in the knowledge of God. Real intelligence is found in the act of seeking Him and just thinking that you are clever comes to nothing in the end. You are not as clever as you think you are.

Shirley Anne

How wise are you?

English: Scroll of the Book of Proverbs
Scroll of the Book of Proverbs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I remember when young people telling me to get wise. They meant gain an understanding. Well what is wisdom anyway? It is gaining an understanding but not just the understanding, it is more than that. We may gain an understanding about something yet take no notice or action on what we learn. In my line of work I need not only an understanding but more importantly how to implement the knowledge gained. It is the same for anything. What is the use in knowing what is right then doing the opposite? If we use our knowledge wisely we gain from it. If we don’t we lose out. For those who don’t know, there is a book in the Bible entitled ‘Proverbs‘ and it speaks about wisdom. The things spoken about may seem a little basic and obvious to some but when all is considered there are many who have ignored the wisdom of its messages and have suffered accordingly. There is a right and a wrong path to take in life and sadly many choose the wrong path because they ignored sound advice. We can learn to be wise through our experiences but doesn’t it make sense to learn the wisdom first?

Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Shirley Anne

For those with deaf ears, blind eyes and a closed mind

Palatine Hill, Rome
Palatine Hill, Rome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article was published in http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org and is copied here in its entirety. All credit goes to Last Trumpet Ministries and its author Pastor David J. Meyer for the article.

 

                   Be Nobody’s Valentine

 

Each year on February 14th

countless millions of people celebrate a day known as “St. Valentine’s

Day.” Millions of heart-shaped cards and boxes of chocolates are given as

gifts, and even churches have Valentine parties on this so-called “Day of

Love.” In schools, from pre-school and kindergarten on up, children draw names

from a box  and exchange heart-shapes notes which “pair off” the

children and is said to be “all in fun.” People of all ages get into the

act, and the words that are heard everywhere on that day are, “Be My

Valentine.”

The sad fact is that most

people never question the origin of the customs that they involve themselves

with. Most people do not ask questions but do what everybody else does, never

stopping to consider how the Almighty God of Heaven feels about their

activities.  When we consider that Valentine’s Day is a day

of preoccupation with the heart, it is essential that we listen to the

following words spoken by the Almighty, “The heart is deceitful above all

things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I

try the reins, even to give every man according to his wages, and according to

the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:9-10

Christians should be known

by their discernment  and should be

asking questions regarding Valentine’s Day. What is the origin of this unusual

day?  Why is there a preoccupation

with the color red? Where did the heart shape come from, and what does it mean?

These and other questions will now be answered, as we examine the roots and

pagan origin of this popular day.

In the days of the Roman

Empire, the month of February was the last and shortest month of the year.

February originally had 30 days, but when Julius Caesar named the month of July

after himself, he decided to make that month longer and shortened February to 29

days while making July a month of 31 days. Later when Octavius Caesar, also

known as Augustus, came to power, he named the month of August after himself,

and not be outdone he also subtracted a day from February and gave the month of

August 31 days. To this very day it remains that way. The ancient Romans

believed that every month had a spirit that gained in strength and reached its

peak or apex of power in the middle or ides of the month.

This was usually the 15th day, and it was a day when witches and augurs,

or soothsayers worked their magic. An augur was a person filled with a spirit of

divination, and from the word augur we get the word “inaugurate”, which

means to “take omens”.  Since

February had been robbed by Caesars and had only 28 days, the ides of February

became the 14th day of that month. Since the Ides of a month was celebrated on

the preceding eve, the month of February was unique, because it was the 13th day

that became the eve of the Ides that month, and it became a very important pagan

holiday in the Empire of Rome. The sacred day of February 14th was called

Lupercalia” or “day of the wolf.”

This was a day that was sacred to the sexual frenzy of the goddess Juno.

This day also honored the Roman gods, Lupercus and Faunus, as well as the

legendary twin brothers, who supposedly founded Rome, Remus and Romulus. These

two are said to have been suckled by wolves in a cave on Palatine Hill in Rome.

The cave was called Lupercal and was the center of the celebrating on the eve of

Lupercalia or February 14th. On this day, Lupercalia, which was later named

Valentine’s Day, the Luperci or priests of Lupercus dressed in goatskins for a

bloody ceremony. The priests of Lupercus, the wolf god, would sacrifice goats

and a dog and then smear themselves with blood. These priests, made red with

sacrificial blood, would run around Palatine Hill in a wild frenzy while carving

a goatskin thong called a “februa.” Women would sit all around the hill, as

the bloody priests would strike them with the goatskin thongs to make them

fertile. The young women would then gather in the city and their names were put

in boxes. These “love notes” were called “billets.” The men of Rome

would draw a billet, and the woman whose name was on it became his sexual lust

partner with whom he would fornicate until the next Lupercalia or February 14th.

Thus, February 14th became a

day of unbridled sexual lust. The color “red” was sacred to that day because

of the blood and the “heart shape”  that

is popular to this day. The heart-shape was not a representation of the human

heart, which looks nothing like it. This shape represents the human female

matrix or opening to the chamber of sacred copulation.

When the Gnostic Catholic

Church began to get a foothold in Rome around the 3rd century A.D., they became

known as Valentinians. The Catholic  Valentinians

retained the sexual license of the festival in what they called “angels in a

nuptial chamber”, which was also called the “sacrament of copulation.”

This was said to be an reenactment of the marriage of “Sophia and the

Redeemer.” As the participants of the February 14th ritual began their sexual

sacrament, presided over and watched by the priests known as Valentinians, the

following literary was spoken: “Let the seed of light descend into thy bridal

chamber, receive the bridegroom… open thine arms to embrace him. Behold, grace

has descended upon thee.”

As time went on, the

Orthodox Church suppressed the Gnostic Catholics and manufactured “St.

Valentine”, whose day continues to be celebrated in these modern times.

It

should be without saying that the Christians should avoid Valentine’s Day like

a plague.  In God’s eyes, it is

still “Lupercalia”, the “Day Of

The Wolf.” Men become wolves, as they carry on the Satanic rituals of

fornication, which means sexual intercourse without marriage. We have heard of

the “wolf whistle”, and we all know that wolves do not whistle. It is

lustful men and women, who carry on Satan’s blasphemy

to this very day.

In

conclusion, we must ask ourselves, “Should a true Christian be associated in

any way with this celebration of evil roots? Should we be doing what the heathen

have done for so many years  and try

to justify it as love?” Romans 12:2 answers this very well, “And be not

conformed to this world: but be ye transformed

by the renewing of your mind…”

The

shocking information in this tract can be easily verified at any public library.  If you want more information, please contact us at:

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tracts have been prayed over, and you will never be the same after reading this

message. May our Lord Jesus Christ grant unto you a desire to walk in His truth.

Pastor

David J. Meyer

Shirley Anne

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Always Do What’s Right

TODAY’S WORD FOR TODAY

 

Always Do What’s Right

 

‘…Hold fast what is good.’

1 Thessalonians 5:21

Jn 14:6-11, Acts 4:8-12, Acts 16:22-34 , Mt 1:18-21

I wanted to post this immediately I had read it a few days ago but I had so many posts already scheduled I left off doing it. It is one of the daily ‘Word for today’ messages I receive through an email subscription from United Christian Broadcasters ( http://www.ucb.co.uk ). I think it is fair to say the message is not far off the mark!

Shirley Anne